The New Jewish Culture Fellowship

Since its inception in 2003, Brooklyn Jews has sought to expand the Jewish conversation by way of ritual, learning, activism, and culture. These days, when it feels like only a few voices direct American Jewish discourse, the need for expansive, creative, and critical dialogue is more necessary than ever. With that in mind, the New Jewish Culture Fellowship is a project of Brooklyn Jews designed to amplify and connect local artists who make risk-taking Jewish art and culture.

The NJCF brings together Brooklyn-based Jewish artists whose work could benefit from sustained learning, accountability, and feedback. Fellows regularly come together to learn as a full cohort, and also study in chevruta (study pairs) to advance their work. During a nine-month season each year, the NJCF Fellows produce new and continued work for the Brooklyn Jews public, in the form of shows, studio visits, workshops, concerts and much more.

The New Jewish Culture Fellowship was founded and is directed by Rabbi Matt Green and Maia Ipp. Matt Green is the director of Brooklyn Jews and assistant rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope. He received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and is the founder of Grindr Shabbat. Maia Ipp is a writer and Editor at Large at the historic leftist magazine Jewish Currents. She was Associate Director of the creative writing program at San Francisco School of the Arts for six years, and co-founded Festivalt, an avant-garde Jewish arts festival in Krakow, Poland.

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Introducing our 2019/20 Fellows:

Nora Rodriguez is an artist and educator working primarily with animation and sound. Nora's work has screened at REDCAT in LA, the Block Cinema in Chicago, Pioneer Works and Anthology Film Archives in New York, among other venues. She currently oversees interpretive media production at The Jewish Museum in New York City. Nora is interested in producing media as part of a strategy to build living, community-driven archives.

Dan Fishback is a playwright, performer, and director of the Helix Queer Performance Network. His musical The Material Worldwas called one of the Top Ten Plays of 2012 by Time Out New York. His play You Will Experience Silencewas called “sassier and more fun than Angels in America” by the Village Voice. Also a performing songwriter, Fishback has released several albums and toured Europe and North America, both solo and with his band Cheese On Bread, which released their new album "The One Who Wanted More" in 2018. Fishback has received grants for his theater work from the Franklin Furnace Fund (2010) and the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists (2007-2009), and was a member of the 2018 Joe's Pub Working Group at The Public Theater. He has been a resident artist at Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, the Hemispheric Institute at NYU, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where he was in various forms of residence from 2010-2018. Fishback created and oversees La MaMa Experimental Theater's annual series La MaMa's Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance. He currently sits on Gibney's Curatorial Advisor Team and is a proud member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council.

Ariel Goldberg's publications include The Estrangement Principle(Nightboat Books, 2016) and The Photographer (Roof Books, 2015). From 2014-2017, they organized interdisciplinary readings at The Poetry Project. Goldberg has taught at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, The New School, and Rutgers. They were the 2018-9 Zuckerman Fellow, Curator of Community Engagement at the Jewish History Museum in Tucson and now curate for the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York. Goldberg’s writing has most recently appeared in e-flux, Artforum, and Art in America.

Shay Arick is an Israeli visual artist based in Brooklyn. Arick is a recipient of Murphy Cadogan Contemporary Arts Award and the Eileen Cooper Award For Creativity, the America-Israel Award For Excellence in Sculpture and is a HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts Artist Grant recipient, among others. He received support through many residencies and fellowships, including The International Sculpture Center, MASS MoCA, Kadist Art Foundation, Wassaic Project, The Watermill Center Summer Residency, Ox-Bow, and New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. His work has been shown in venues such as Haifa Museum Of Art (Haifa),Y Gallery (New York), Watermill Center (New York), San Francisco International Arts Festival, Southern Exposure (San Francisco), SOMarts (San Francisco), Subterranean Arthouse (Berkeley), Ground For Sculpture (New Jersey), ZiZspace (Tel Aviv), Binyamin Gallery (Tel Aviv), Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), OnSpace (Beijing), Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing) among others. Arick holds an MFA in Sculpture from The San Francisco Art Institute, where he was awarded the outstanding award for excellence. He studied at The School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYC, while earning his BFA from Bezalel Academy, Israel, from which he graduated with honors.

Danielle Durchslag is an artist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including solo exhibitions at Denny Gallery and Yale University. Her work has shown at venues including The Jewish Museum, the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival, the Invisible Dog Art Center, The Queens Museum, Winkleman Gallery, The Bronx Museum, Foley Gallery, The Ackland Art Museum, Davidson Gallery, and the Wassaic Project. Danielle’s work has been discussed in Photograph Magazine, Clarion Content, The Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, and The New York Observer, among others. Most recently, her short film, Eleanor of Illinois, received a grant from the inaugural cycle of the NYFA Made In NY Women's Film, TV, and Theatre fund. Danielle studied at Wellesley, The Museum School of Fine Arts Boston, and New York University.

Nat Sufrin is a poet whose work has appeared in the current issue of Fence (#35), and in TriQuarterly, the Antioch Review, and Best American Experimental Writing (Wesleyan University Press). He received a Research and Travel Grant from Asylum Arts to travel to Poland, and attended the inaugural Asylum: International Jewish Artist Retreat. Swarthmore College and the Summer Literary Seminars in Montreal have also awarded him fellowship support. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore he studied English literature and creative writing, and is currently a PhD student in clinical psychology at The City University of New York.

OUR 2018-2019 FELLOWS: